End of the road for pot hole repairs?

SDLP councillor Denise Mullen at Lurgaboy Lane in Dungannon
SDLP councillor Denise Mullen at Lurgaboy Lane in Dungannon

The scourge of pot holes on our local roads is nothing new, but it looks set to get even worse as we can reveal there is no more money in the public purse to fix them.

Following a “worrying email” about the matter, Mid Ulster SDLP Assembly Member, Patsy McGlone, has told the TIMES that he intends to lodge an urgent question to the Minister of Regional Development for more information.

It is understood that pot holes are to no longer be repaired on minor roads, leading to Mr McGlone asking for an explanation of how such a move can be deemed equal to all.

“What I will be wanting to know is how people using minor roads can be expected to continue driving where pot holes exist and still have to pay the same rates and taxes as those who use major roads.

“I will also be looking to find out when repair work is to be started again.”

Mr McGlone’s party colleague, Dungannon councillor Denise Mullen, has recently highlighted the shocking state of the Lurgaboy Lane in the town, and said she understood money is to be made available to make repairs at that location.

However, given the latest financial pressures facing the Regional Development department, it is unclear whether that work will now go ahead.

Cllr Mullen said she has been contacted by people who use the road - which links several large housing developments with three of the town’s biggest schools - about the condition of the pot holes.

Meanwhile, Patsy McGlone has written to the DRD Minister about the “substantial and significant” holes on the Killycolpy Road in Ardboe, and says he has advised motorists to lodge claims for damage to their vehicles. Such is the state of the road, it has broken up in places, he added.